Frailty in older people for the non-geriatrician

When and where

26 June 2017
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE

Past event

Frailty in older people for the non-geriatrician

The 1-day 'Frailty in older people for the non-geriatrician' conference will bring together a panel of expert speakers from the geriatric medicine specialty to share presentations which will help other medical professionals to develop their knowledge and understanding.

Co-badged with The British Geriatrics Society (BGS)

  • Programme organiser: British Geriatrics Society organising committee (Professor David Oliver, Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Dr Miles Witham, Dr Gill Turner and Dr Eileen Burns).

It is increasingly apparent that many general or specialty physicians encounter frailty in their everyday and lack a full, comprehensive understanding of frailty and the older person. The concept of frailty gives us a sound scientific model to define a group of individuals in whom the goals of treatment are holistic and personalised and not disease-focused.

The outcome of the meeting will be to permit the attendee to identify frailty and appreciate its clinical implications for patient care.

Programme highlights

  • further attendees' overall knowledge and understanding of current research and practice in care of older people with frailty
  • improve attendees' skills in the treatment and care of frail older people
  • inspire attendees to achieve personnel excellence in care of older people with frailty
  • take away new activities and ideas to progress their workplace’s services.

Recognition and treatment of those living with frailty can have a significant impact on living better longer. The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is the membership association for all professionals specialising in the healthcare of older people across the UK.

The BGS’ work in frailty is extensive and spans national research projects, publications (including Failing the frailFit for frailty part 1 and part 2 ) and a special interest group (Frailty and sarcopenia research).

Please also visit the BGS stand during the meeting for more information.


Please find below the presentations from the day. Please note, if there is a presentation missing, RCP does not have the permissions to share the content.



Monday 26 June 2017

Programme organiser: British Geriatrics Society organising committee: Professor David Oliver, Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Dr Miles Witham, Dr Gill Turner and Dr Eileen Burns

  • 09.30 - Registration and coffee
  • 09.55 - Welcome and opening remarks - Professor Jane Dacre, president, Royal College of Physicians

Session 1: What is Frailty?

Chair: tbc

  • 10.00 - Frailty - Demographics and data Dr Eileen Burns, president of the British Geriatrics Society and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
  • 10.30 - Frailty and sarcopenia: how are they related? Professor Avan Sayer, director NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University
  • 11.00 - How to recognise it: screening for and measuring frailty Dr Andrew Clegg, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • 11.30 - Coffee

Session 2: Why frailty matters?

  • 12.00 - Falls: Assessment and Medication Professor Tahir Masud, president elect, and Nottingham University Hospitals
  • 12.20 - Confusion & Delirium Dr Thomas Jackson, University of Birmingham
  • 12.40 - Immobility Dr Gill Turner, Lymington New Forest Hospital
  • 13.00 - Lunch

Session 3: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Chair: tbc

  • 14.00 - CGA - What we do and why we do it Dr Graham Ellis, NHS Lanarkshire
  • 14.30 - Embedding CGA in emergency centre Dr Sarah Turpin, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • 15.00 - Good discharge planning & readmission avoidance Dr Sarah Brice, Imperial College NHS Trust
  • 15.30 - Tea

Session 4: Service Redesign

  • 16.00 - Front Door Services for Older People with Frailty Dr David Hunt, Worthing Hospital and Dr Roger Duckitt, Worthing Hospital
  • 16.40 - Closing remarks by the Chair
  • 16.45 - Close of conference